House Representative

Leach, Jeff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/16/2015

State Representative Jeff Leach Files Legislation Authorizing Funding for The University of Texas at Dallas

State Representative Jeff Leach has filed House Bill 1194 to authorize funding for the construction of a new Engineering Building and a new Science Building at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas).

Representative Leach stated, "It is a tremendous honor to represent UT Dallas in the Texas House - a jewel for North Texas and a global magnet in research, innovation, science, engineering and business. With its robust enrollment growth, it is imperative for us as lawmakers to provide UT Dallas with the adequate resources necessary to maintain and expand their exceptional academic programs and quality student services within this growing, vibrant campus. A win for North Texas, HB 1194 is a substantial step forward in attaining Tier One Status and I am honored to advocate for its passage on behalf of my constituents and all Texans."

Located in Richardson, UT Dallas has been named by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as one of the best values among the nation's public colleges. UT Dallas is close to achieving Tier One status - a move that would generate more specialized research and training for global industry leaders, while establishing an even brighter, more vibrant economic engine for our region. Tier One universities are the nation’s best in generating doctoral students, significant research and private support. As a result, these universities tend to create economic areas where new ideas develop, innovative business ventures and corporations thrive, and academic excellence builds upon itself to fuel future discovery. Further, these areas lead to new startup companies, venture capital investment and jobs in high-paying fields.

“UT Dallas has experienced incredible growth in the past decade while increasing our standards for excellence,” said Dr. David E. Daniel, UT Dallas president. “We believe UT Dallas, with its traditional strengths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is poised to become one of the nation’s top research universities. We are confident our graduates and faculty in all disciplines will ensure the University continues to be a thriving and growing part of the state’s economy.”

Since 2005:

• UT Dallas’ total enrollment has grown from 14,480 to 23,095, a 59 percent increase.
• Enrollment in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science has increased from 2,680 to 5,763, a 115 percent increase.
• Enrollment in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has increased from 1,794 to 3,155, a 76 percent increase.
The average SAT score for incoming freshmen at UT Dallas is 1256, among the highest for public universities in Texas. The 2014 freshman class included 100 National Merit Scholars, bringing the total number of scholars at UT Dallas to 285, more than all other UT System institutions combined.

HB 1194 is Joint Authored by State Representative Angie Chen Button (HD 112) and State Representative Linda Koop (HD 102). Both represent portions of UT Dallas in the Texas House.


CONTACT:
Mary McClure
(972) 424-1419